Bieber pitches Indians past Angels 6-2

              Cleveland Indians' Roberto Perez, left, and starter Shane Bieber celebrate their win over the Los Angeles Angels in a baseball game in Cleveland, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

CLEVELAND (AP) — Shane Bieber became the first pitcher this season to throw three complete games, leading the Cleveland Indians over the Los Angeles Angels 6-2 Sunday for a three-game sweep.

Bieber (11-4) allowed five hits, struck out eight and walked none. Bieber, the All-Star Game MVP, is 9-2 in his last 15 starts.

Cleveland is 37-15 since June 4, the best record in the major leagues in that span. After trailing by as many as 11½ games in early June, the Indians started Sunday three games back of AL Central-leading Minnesota.

Jason Kipnis, Francisco Lindor and rookie Oscar Mercado homered off Jaime Barria (4-5), who gave up three runs in 3 2/3 innings. Barria is 2-4 with a 10.13 ERA on the road.

Kole Calhoun homered and Albert Pujols had an RBI single for Los Angeles, which lost its fourth straight.


NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge homered early and a makeshift New York Yankees lineup pounded David Price in a victory that sent the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox to their eighth straight loss.

The banged-up Yankees won their fifth straight and completed the first four-game sweep of their longtime rivals since August 2009. New York (72-39) maintained its eight-game lead in the AL East over Tampa Bay and dropped the third-place Red Sox a whopping 14 1/2 behind — not to mention 6 1/2 games out of a playoff spot.

Boston has dropped eight in a row for the first time since an eight-game skid in July 2015.

Yankees All-Star second baseman Gleyber Torres was lifted in the late innings with a core injury and sent to the hospital for tests. Third baseman Gio Urshela was removed a few innings after fouling a ball off each leg in a span of three pitches.

Handed a 7-0 lead after three innings, J.A. Happ improved to 10-4 against the sluggish Red Sox, who finished 1-8 in the Bronx this year and are 4-11 in the season series.


HOUSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander struck out 10 in another dominant Houston pitching performance, and the Astros completed a three-game sweep.

A day after Astros newcomer Aaron Sanchez and three relievers combined on a no-hitter, Verlander (15-4) took over the major league wins lead and left with an AL-best 2.68 ERA.

Roberto Osuna worked the ninth for his 25th save. The victory improved Houston to 12-1 against Seattle this season and 38-12 against the AL West.

Kyle Seager homered for Seattle. Tommy Milone (1-6) struck out seven while pitching five innings of two-run ball.


PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mets star Robinson Canó appears headed back to the injured list after straining his left hamstring, an injury that overshadowed Noah Syndergaard’s sparkling outing.

Canó singled in the fourth inning for his third hit of the game and ninth hit in his last 15 at-bats. He pulled up after rounding first and grabbed at the back of his leg.

Syndergaard (8-5) allowed three hits, singled twice and pitched shutout ball into the seventh.

New York won for the ninth time in 10 games.

Pittsburgh’s Joe Musgrove (8-10) gave up eight runs and 10 hits in 3 1/3 innings.


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Tanner Roark pitched five innings to get the win in his Oakland debut.

Jurickson Profar connected for his 15th homer as the A’s won for the sixth time in seven games. Dustin Garneau had two hits and two RBIs after he was claimed off waivers Saturday.

St. Louis fell 1½ games back of NL Central-leading Chicago, which swept Milwaukee with a 7-2 victory.

Paul DeJong homered for the Cardinals. Adam Wainwright (7-8) got the loss.

Roark (7-7) allowed one run and four hits in his first start since he was acquired in a trade with Cincinnati. Liam Hendriks retired three batters for his 11th save.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Max Muncy’s fourth hit was a game-ending, two-run double, and the Dodgers rallied from a late three-run deficit for a wild victory.

Muncy had a homer and two doubles while driving in three runs. Four Dodgers added two RBIs apiece as the NL West leaders took three of four from San Diego with a huge comeback at Chavez Ravine.

Pedro Baez (6-2) pitched the ninth for the win.

Eric Hosmer hit a grand slam and drove in five runs for San Diego. Kirby Yates (0-3) got the loss.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Yonny Chirinos allowed one run in five innings before leaving with a hand injury, and Tampa Bay matched its longest winning streak this season at six games.

Chirinos (9-5) gave up two hits but was pulled after 63 pitches due to right middle finger inflammation. Diego Castillo, Colin Poche and Andrew Kittredge finished a six-hitter.

Mike Brosseau and Jesus Aguilar homered for the Rays, who also won six in a row from May 25-30.

Brian Anderson connected for the Marlins, who have lost four of five. Caleb Smith (7-5) gave up three runs — one earned — six hits and in five innings.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Devin Smeltzer pitched two-hit ball into the seventh inning for his first major league win, and Minnesota finished off a three-game sweep.

Jason Castro homered and Eddie Rosario drove in two runs for the Twins, who maintained their three-game lead over Cleveland in the AL Central.

Smeltzer (1-1) struck out four and walked one in his third career start. Sergio Romo pitched a scoreless eighth, and Taylor Rogers finished the two-hitter for his 17th save in 23 chances.

Kansas City’s Brad Keller (7-11) permitted two runs in seven innings.


DENVER (AP) — Kyle Freeland earned his first win in nearly four months and Nolan Arenado homered twice for Colorado.

Trevor Story homered for the fifth straight game against San Francisco. It’s tied for the longest home run streak against an opponent in Rockies history.

Donovan Solano went deep twice for the Giants, the first to lead off the game and again in the third inning off Freeland (3-9). He nearly had a third when he drove a ball to the wall in right in the fifth inning that was caught.

Freeland, who was 17-7 with a 2.85 ERA last year, hadn’t won since beating Philadelphia on April 18.

San Francisco’s Tyler Beede (3-6) gave up five runs in 3 2/3 innings.


CHICAGO (AP) — Jason Heyward drove in three runs, Yu Darvish pitched five effective innings and the Cubs finished a three-game sweep.

Heyward and Kyle Schwarber homered as the NL Central leaders won for the 11th time in 13 games at Wrigley Field.

Christian Yelich hit his major league-best 37th homer for Milwaukee, which has dropped four straight and six of seven.

Milwaukee rookie Trent Grisham picked up his first major league hit in the first and his first homer in the eighth. He went 3 for 4 in his third big league game.

Darvish (4-5) allowed one run and five hits, struck out eight and walked none. He retired 10 straight batters at one point.

Milwaukee starter Adrian Houser (4-5) yielded four runs and nine hits in five innings.


PHOENIX (AP) — Ketel Marte hit an inside-the-park home run off former Arizona ace Patrick Corbin, and Adam Jones drove in four runs for the Diamondbacks.

Marte’s third-inning line drive got by diving center fielder Gerardo Parra and rolled to the wall, near the 413-foot mark in left-center. Marte beat a high throw to home plate, eluding the tag by catcher Yan Gomes, for a solo homer and a 4-2 lead.

Jones broke a 5-all tie with a two-run single off Wander Suero (3-6) with two outs in the seventh.

Yoshihisa Hirano (4-5) earned the win in relief, and Archie Bradley pitched two innings for his second save.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Leury Garcia hit a grand slam and Eloy Jiménez added a three-run shot, powering the White Sox to the victory.

The Phillies are still in the NL wild-card hunt but lost two of three at home to the below-.500 White Sox. Not even appearances by Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Pedro Martinez and the rest of the 2009 NL champions could inspire the Phillies and they trailed all the way against Reynaldo Lopez (6-9) and three relievers.

Tim Anderson also homered for Chicago, and Ryan Goins had two hits and scored twice.

Philadelphia left-hander Drew Smyly (2-6) permitted five runs in five innings.


ATLANTA (AP) — Tucker Barnhart hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the 10th inning off new Atlanta closer Shane Greene.

A day after blowing a save chance in his Braves debut, Greene (0-1) gave up four hits and three runs in one inning.

Atlanta star Ronald Acuña Jr. hit a tying two-run homer in the ninth off Amir Garrett, thumping his chest and yelling at the Braves’ dugout as he flung his bat while leaving the batter’s box. Acuña hit a 10th-inning single that lifted Atlanta to a 5-4 win on Saturday night.

Robert Stephenson (3-2) got the win. David Hernandez gave up a two-out homer to Tyler Flowers in the 10th before retiring Freddie Freeman for his second save.


ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Willie Calhoun hit a tiebreaking three-run triple in the seventh inning, helping the Rangers finish a three-game sweep.

Calhoun pulled a 2-0 pitch from Nick Ramirez just inside the right-field line and into the corner. Calhoun later scored on a wild pitch.

José Cisnero (0-3) walked the first two batters of the seventh and was replaced by Ramirez with two outs.

Rafael Montero (1-0) closed with 2 1/3 scoreless innings for his first major league win since September 2017 with the New York Mets. Texas’ four-game win streak is its longest since a six-game streak in late June.


BALTIMORE (AP) — Trey Mancini drove in two runs and Baltimore took advantage of a wild major league debut by Toronto reliever Yennsy Diaz.

Mancini has 15 RBIs in 13 games against Toronto this season.

The Orioles won a mistake-prone game with wild pitches, misplayed balls, costly walks and baserunning errors.

Tom Eshelman (1-2) earned his first major league win after allowing four runs and eight hits over five innings. Shawn Armstrong picked up his fourth save.

Rookies Bo Bichette and Cavan Biggio homered for Toronto, and Randal Grichuk tied a career high with four hits. Sean Reid-Foley (1-2) allowed four runs, one earned, and four hits in four innings.